Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To news that Antero Resources signed an agreement to become the primary ethane supplier for the cracker facility Brazil-based Odebrecht hopes to build in Wood County. Under the agreement, Antero would provide 30,000 barrels of ethane a day to Ascent, which stands for Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise.

UP: To former St. Marys Mayor Art Olds for his nearly lifelong commitment to the American Red Cross. Olds, 92, was honored March 25 at an open house at The Greenhouse Inc. in St. Marys. He served as a job director at more than 40 disasters in the United States and in Puerto Rico during his 40 years of volunteer service with the Red Cross. This honor could not be given to a more deserving person.

DOWN: To the careless people who have been responsible for nearly 12 brush fires in Wood County during the past 10 days. According to Capt. Tim Flinn with the Parkersburg Fire Department, most of the county’s brush fires are caused by people throwing burning cigarette butts out of their car windows, or by not properly extinguishing camp fires. With the dry and windy days of spring, any fire can quickly spread and become a dangerous situation.

UP: To two area high school students whose artistic talents have been recognized by their respective states. Caroline Bantug, a senior from Tyler Consolidated High School, has been named the winner of the 2014 Science in the Arts competition. The 2014 Science in the Arts competition is part of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Arts Alive celebration, and was created to encourage high school students to research and present information about relationships between seemingly different subjects. The exhibit will be on display April 4, at the Clay Center in Charleston. In addition, Belpre High School senior Ashley Carte will have one of her works exhibited in the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower from April 13 through May 15. Her painting was one of 300 pieces picked for the exhibit out of 12,000 submissions by Ohio high school students.

UP: To Dr. Srini Vasan of Vienna for his and his family’s gift of $1 million to the Memorial Health Foundation last week. Dr. Vasan, a radiation oncologist for the Memorial Health System, presented $1 million to the foundation to dedicate the Radiation Medicine and Radiosurgery Institute in memory of Peggy Ann Cawley, mother of Vasan’s colleague and friend Dr. Kelli Cawley, and to dedicate the Vasan Family Robotic Surgery Center. In addition to Dr. Vassan’s generous gift, Dr. Rajendra Bhati pledged an additional $1 million to the Memorial Health System to be used for future equipment and advancement.